WASHINGTON (WWNY) - It was a scene like no other on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Caught in the middle was Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who planned to object to the result of the presidential election.
“This was certainly unprecedented and this was not a normal day,” she told 7 News reporter John Pirsos Wednesday night.
Stefanik was on the House floor when members were evacuated after the Capitol was breached and when they were asked to take out the gas masks.
“That has never happened before in Congress since I’ve been here,” Stefanik said.
Stefanik later tweeted: “Americans have a Constitutional right to protest and freedom of speech, but violence in any form is absolutely unacceptable and anti-American. My Staff and I are safe. We pray that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, their staffs, and all Americans remain safe, too.”
She called on leaders of all parties to condemn the violence.
“I was sad for America,” she said. “I was sad about the violence and I think it’s very important that leaders of all parties condemn these violent acts.”
Stefanik was vocal about condemning the violence. She also said individuals who perpetrated and desecrated the Capitol building need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.